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Fall 2017-2018
* HIS 270 / AMS 370 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Asian American History

Olivier M. Burtin
Beth Lew-Williams

This course introduces students to the multiple and varied experiences of people of Asian heritage in the United States from the 19th century to the present day. It focuses on three major questions: (1) What brought Asians to the United States? (2) How did Asian Americans come to be viewed as a race? (3) How does Asian American experience transform our understanding of U.S. history? Using newspapers, novels, government reports, and films, this course will cover major topics in Asian American history, including Chinese Exclusion, Japanese internment, transnational adoption, and the model minority stereotype.

Sample reading list:
Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou, The Asian American Acheivement Paradox
Vivek Bald, Bengali Harlem
Andrea Geiger, Subverting Exclusion: Transpacific Encounters with Race
Arissa Oh, To Save the Children of Korea
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150-200 pages of reading per week; take-home midterm; take-home final; 8-10 page research paper

Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 5%
Term Paper(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
P/D/F option not available for History concentrators.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20563 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   28   Enrolled:96 Limit:100
20564 P01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Green Hall   1-N-11   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
23736 P01A 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   362   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed
23928 P01B 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed
20565 P02 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCormick Hall   362   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
20566 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am F   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
20567 P04 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm F   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
23737 P05 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm F   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed
23825 P06 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:11 Limit:12
22730 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled